We are in the middle of a genuine heat wave here. 115 is hot no matter where you are. Our home is poorly planned and poorly insulated, and basically, anytime we get over 105 the AC has problems. It is kind of the same idea as when you get in an already hot car it does not cool down right no matter how high you turn down the AC. Sometimes it just doesn’t work well and we get a little warmer in our home than we would like. This year we just expected the worst and invested in otter pops.
Anyway, in the midst of this severe heat we have had no problems at all. It has been working perfectly well, and we are nice and cool. Hooray!
We were visiting teaching this morning and had one new sister we had not gotten a hold of yet. When my partner reached in her purse to call her again, water had spilled all over everything. The paper and information were completely wet and blurred. The only thing that was dry was a little spot that contained a completely legible phone number, and most of a first name. We had what we needed!
We had some odd weather yesterday. A short thunderstorm rolled through, heavy, but small. Parts of the sky had thunderclouds, parts were clear. We would hear thunder, then not get rain. Across the street would. Here’s the cool thing. Driving around we saw multiple rainbows. Not multiple layers of a rainbow – one on our right, then ten minutes later a small one behind us, etc. Interesting effect. It was like parts of rainbows were jumping through the clouds.
I have always thought rainbows were one of the most beautiful gifts to us, and I never cease to wonder at the variety and diversity of options found in nature.
I’m not sure we really understand growth on any level, so that is why it is my miracle for today. I watch my “baby” outgrow his clothes, and learn to read, and get along with others, and I stand in awe. I’ve not heard a really good, scientific explanation of how our body knows how to grow where, and how fast. Physically, emotionally, spiritually, intellectually, we all grow and develop constantly. How do we do this? We understand it is a part of life, everything around us grows – it is a sign of life itself, yet we can not control it or create it. When we plant something we can provide the conditions for growth, but then the best we can do is stand back and watch.
Yesterday my six year old spent several hours crying due to growing pains. She also went through pain as she lost a baby tooth, allowing for her larger, adult tooth to come in properly. As I watch growth around me, I can learn that growth of all types involves pain, stretching, and a better result at the end. Couldn’t growth be categorized as God directing our paths to something larger and better than before?
I was talking with some friends last night, and they were telling me about a honeybee problem. I guess we have fewer and fewer honeybees around. If all the honeybees leave, who is left to pollinate all of our trees and flowers and food? (Not that all of them are gone.) Still, it is too easy to overlook that something as simple as a honeybee has such a dramatic impact on our environment. The discussion also migrated to how the allergies are worse and worse because of the imbalance of male and female trees. Balance is also crucial to an ideal environment. To me this testifies of a Divine Design. Even if there were a purely scientific explanation that made sense about how we were created, our incredible balance of life has no explanation as to how balance evolves. Everything works together too beautifully.
I have the blackest thumb in town. Yet, there is one – and only one – flower I have not managed to kill yet. We have some lilac bushes in our side yard. They are not thriving, but they are not dead either. They bloom for one week a year. They started blooming this week. It looks like we may have lilac’s in bloom this year for Easter. How fun!
We have an early spring break, in fact, it starts today! I have been a little worried that it may still be quite cold outside and we will not be able to enjoy anything outdoors. Fortunately our spring weather arrived yesterday, just in time, and it looks like it is here to stay. Looks like a beautiful spring break for us! I think I’ll take the entire break off. 🙂 Enjoy the outdoors.